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Common Darter

Observed: 15th July 2009 By: lpearcelpearce’s reputation in Invertebrateslpearce’s reputation in Invertebrateslpearce’s reputation in Invertebrateslpearce’s reputation in Invertebrates
Dragonfly
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Not sure about this at all

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miked's picture

well either common or

well either common or highland darter, can't remember if they are currently considered two different species or only one.

lpearce's picture

Hi Mike I was thinking the

Hi Mike
I was thinking the same either Common or Highland, the reference books say the common darter is scarcer in Scotland, so thought it is more likely a Highland Darter.
The British Dragonfly Society list the common as Sympetrum striolatum and the Highland as Sympetrum nigrescens so I assumed they are separate species?
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Martin Harvey's picture

species

There seems to be some disagreement about the status of these two forms, most of the sources I have access to say that the Highland 'probably' isn't a separate species, but they've kept it on the list just in case! There's a bit more info on the Northern Irish "Habitas" site:
http://www.habitas.org.uk/dragonflyireland/5646.htm

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